We picked Charleston for our a brief interlude on our journey south for two reasons. First, our visit here in June was wonderful. And second, because we get to hang out again with our friends, the Argabrights. We arrived in town at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, and after getting caught up on sleep, our friends picked us up at the marina and took us to their home for pizza and the opportunity to watch our Georgia Bulldogs on their 70″ big-screen TV (which made me a little homesick for the theater room in our former house which boasted a 108″ screen). The pizza was great and the Dawgs won. What more could a person ask for?
Heaven. That’s what Sunday morning was like. Cindy and I took the free resort/marina trolley to downtown Charleston for the 10:30 worship service at St. Phillip’s Church. I was so deeply affected by all the beauty that I must have spent half the service in tears. From the opening introit sung by the choir to the magnificent edifice with its arched ceilings and Corinthian columns, and from the challenging message to the choir’s performance of Handel’s “Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs” from the Messiah, throughout the liturgy I was translated to some other-worldy place. Gratefully, that feeling has lingered throughout the past few days. After enjoying Sunday lunch at the Rutlege Avenue Cab Company with the Argabrights, the rest of the day was spent aboard Beatitude.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we rented a car to do some errand-running. We’re beginning to think of all the things we need to do before we leave the country again. When we depart this time (which could be less than a month away), we may not be returning for several years. We’re trying to prepare Beatitude for an extended stay away from the United States and to purchase the equipment that we need to safely navigate to all the places we’d like to visit. The task is a little daunting, but very exciting at the same time.
On Tuesday, the 20th, Cindy and I celebrated our 36th wedding Anniversary at a wonderful restaurant in downtown Charleston called the Peninsula Grill where we enjoyed delicious steak and an amazing coconut cake for dessert. One year ago, we celebrated at a French Restaurant in Coral Gables as we were preparing to cross the gulf stream into the Bahamas. My, does time fly!
On Wednesday, while traveling down to the Yanmar Dealer on Wadmalaw Island to pick up some spare engine parts, we made a return visit to the Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery for some wine and spirits tasting. It was nice to mix a little pleasure with business.